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Review of Villanova's FE Review Course


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#1 seandapaul24

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 04:20 AM

I paid for the Villanova FE review course and wanted to write a review about my experience. The course consists of recorded lectures from 2007-2008.

Pros:
  • The coordinator is very responsive. If there is a technical problem viewing the videos he takes care of it promptly.
  • They provide videos for some afternoon specific disciplines as well, though I am not able to write about the quality since I took the general afternoon exam and had no need to view them.
  • You have access to the videos for a year so even if you end up retaking the exam you will be able to access them.
Cons:
  • The costs $650
  • Some of the professors did their entire lecture using power point. This does not work for engineering problems. There is a difference between displaying the solution to a problem and see it worked.
  • The professors did not follow the FE reference manual or the Lindeburg book closely even though it was part of the course materials. I felt that they jumped all over the place with the coverage of material for instance they covered Diff Eq before they covered calculus.
  • Some of the professors were difficult to understand.
Conclusion:

I ended up using the Texas A&M videos much more than I did the Villanova videos . Even though the Texas A&M videos were 10-15 years old they followed the FE reference manual and Lindeburg book closely and the explanation of the material was clearer and more concise. I would rate the the Villanova FE Course a 2 out of 5 and recommend you stick with the free Texas A&M videos.




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